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post #1 of 6 Old 01-28-2019, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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remove the kickstand helper or disable the cutoff switch?

This weekend I was taking an offroad class on my 2016 Wee at BlackSwanMoto (highly recommended), and was having problems with the engine cutting out at seemingly random moments. Eventually I realized I was able to demonstrate the problem when I stood on the left footpeg and held my right foot in the air. After ruling out witchcraft and the luminuferous aether, I finally realized that the heel of my Forma ADV boot was hitting that "U" on the kickstand and moving it enough to touch the cutoff switch and kill the engine.

It was pointed out that that behavior was pretty hazardous. I could be in some critical moment on a hill or something where the motor cutting out would be very inconvenient.

Somebody suggested I use a grinder tool to cut off the "U". I could also disable the kickstand switch. The 1976 CB360T I had back in college thirty years ago had no such thing, and while I did ride off a couple times with the kickstand down, I didn't die, just heard a "thunk" as the road kicked it up into place.

Any suggestions on which of the two choices I should pursue? Cut it off or disable the switch? Which one would have the better outcome?
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I think the foot pad is causing your issue, are you 100% sure the stand is flush all the way up? The other issue could be potential extra weight from the foot, and no I don't believe you want to disable the cut off switch.
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You can do either. Most people do away with the side stand cut out switch. I think eastern beaver might have a kit, but it a simple thing that has been doen many many times already by others. I'll bet a thread is around here somewhere about it.

However, I think Big B might be right. Try taking the side stand foot off first to see if that cures the issue. If it doesn't, you can do either.
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Do you by any chance have a foot peg lowing kit installed or after market foot peg kit? Also, when standing up on the pegs, are you on the ball of the foot or under the arch of the foot?
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Putting the stand down without that loop is gonna be a huge pain. Out of the two options I would disable the switch. You could also modify the loop to be out of the way of your boot.

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There are two wires in a loom to the safety switch. Easiest way is to remove the switch and follow the wire up to a plug just under the side fairing/seat. Un-plug it, then cut the wire(the one with the switch hanging off the other end) about 4" from the plug, crimp or solder the two wires together, cover with tape or liquid electrical tape, then plug it back in. Keep the switch with it's partial harness in case you ever want to re-install it. It can be put back together with crimp, or the preferred Posi-Lock's.

I probably have a couple or three of intact kickstand switches with un-cut harnesses laying around since it one of the first thing I do to my bikes.

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